The wildfire that has been burning near Trinidad and Raton is still burning but at this time I-25 has been reopened and the fire is only about 25% contained. More than 27,000 acres have burned. The recent report says:
I-25 is OPEN. Exit 454 in New Mexico, and Exit 2 in Colorado, will remain closed. Traffic may not stop along the interstate. A 45 mph speed limit will be STRICTLY enforced throughout the area of the interstate impacted by the Track Fire. The public should use extreme caution on the interstate as there will be heavy fire traffic.
Currently there are 26 crews, 53 engines, 10 water tenders, 8 dozer, 7 helicopters and 844 personal on the ground fighting this fire.
Total acres burned on the Track Fire are 27,140 with 7,191 acres in Colorado and 19,949 acres in New Mexico. Of the acres burned in New Mexico, 502 acres are on New Mexico Department of State Lands and the remaining 19,949 acres are on private lands.
If you are visiting Southern Colorado please be very careful as things are very dry with the recent lack of rain. Fires like this one can start very easily and many people are affected. There is a complete ban on Fireworks and Open Fires including cooking and BBQ fires outside. Be aware of your situation and don’t let your guard down.
Photos taken from Santa Fe Trail Ranch in Las Animas County and shared by RC Ghormley